This has nothing to do with new year resolves to live more organized (if that were the case I might be making lists and crossing things off), but I’ve been pleased to de-clutterize my home office, and, at the same time, make it easier to hook more gizmos to my laptop.
First was getting a new USB/Firewire combo-hub and getting alot of the cable snakes tucked away behind the desk. The new is almost full, but makes it easier to work with the single Firewire and 2 USB ports on my MacBookPro… I was already running into issues digitizing video needing the firewire ports on the camera and my external drive.
But since I seem to have a working solution to running Windows on the Intel mac, I no longer need the really old Compaq laptop I had been using to test web sites.
This was actually my wife’s old computer, and we were hoping to donate it to the thrift store, but not without being sure the drive was really clean of old data. I had some fun doing th wipe-our routine using Darik’s Boot and Nuke, a download that the installs an app and a start-up OS on a floppy disk.
Darik’s Boot and Nuke (“DBAN”) is a self-contained boot floppy that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction.
DBAN is a means of ensuring due diligence in computer recycling, a way of preventing identity theft if you want to sell a computer, and a good way to totally clean a Microsoft Windows installation of viruses and spyware. DBAN prevents or thoroughly hinders all known techniques of hard disk forensic analysis.
It was easy to set up and run, and the thing that took me the longest time was finding a floppy disk! (I did come across some old Zip 100 MB disks, now those are useful).
So that is one less computer on the desktop… and I’m thinking getting a slightly bigger internal drive for the MacBookPro (‘m at about 55% of the 80 Gb internal, but I like to keep a lot of room), and I might be able to part with my 2003 iBook.
Trying to be simpler, less cluttered. For now.
The post "All Kinds of Desktop Cleanup" was originally rescued from the bottom of a stangant pond at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2007/01/all-kinds-of-desktop-cleanup/) on January 19, 2007.